Rays’ offense sags again in playoff loss

by Gary Shelton on October 8, 2022

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Saturday, 4 a.m.

At this point, Shane McClanahan of the Tampa Bay Rays could sue for non-support.

The Rays, opening their post-season series against the Cleveland Guardians, came weaponless on Friday afternoon. The Rays managed just three hits and just one run against the Guardians, bringing them to the edge of the season. If they lose today, or Sunday, their season is over.

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Lately, McClanahan has been on a tightrope. In his last dozen performances, he is 3-6 with three no-decisions. Take the wins aside, and the Rays have scored 12 runs in the other nine games.

It was the same thing on Friday. McClanahan had one bad pitch, a change-up that was high. Jose Ramirez hit it out of the park for a two-run homer. The Rays' offense could score only one, on a home run by Jose Siri.

"That one bad pitch is killing me," McClanahan said.

The Rays have struggled offensively all season, but especially down the stretch. They've now lost six straight games. They went 8-18 over their last 26 games, worst in the American League and third worst in the majors.

Shane Bieber dominated the Rays, allowing only two of the team's three hits.

The Rays will play the Guardians again today 12:07 p.m. Tyler Glasnow will start for the Rays against Triston McKenzie.

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